Career Services Leaders Advice for Recent College Graduates

May 18, 2023
1 PM EST | 10 AM PST

Each May college students become college graduates. They leave the college environment for the work environment. All of the classes, studying and examinations have been preparation for the next step of life. What can a graduate expect in the current labor market? How can companies find talent and onboard them to help their organizations as quickly as possible? Hear from the leaders at Virginia Tech and Virginia on their insights and advice for transitioning to the workforce.

What will be covered

  • Hot industries and job functions still in demand
  • Navigating the job market when not having an in-demand degree
  • Hard and soft skills most needed by Virginia-based companies
  • Tips to differentiate candidates and companies in the recruitment process  
  • Advice for parents, college-aged students and employers.

About the Panelists

About the Presenters

Jennifer Tortora

Jennifer Tortora is currently the Director of Career Services and Employer Relations in the Pamplin College of Business at Virginia Tech. She was formerly a corporate recruiter for Greystar, Archstone and Microstrategy.
Jennifer Tortora

Nicole Hall

Nicole Hall is currently the Associate VP for Career Development at the University of Virginia. She also worked in similar capacities at UNC-Greensboro, Wake Forest and Pepperdine. Nicole serves on the board of the National Association of Colleges and Employers.
Nicole Hall

Stuart Mease

Stuart Mease is currently a Director for ROCS Grad Staffing with a career spanning the private, governmental and higher education sectors providing a unique lens to the labor market. Prior to ROCS, Mease spent 15 years at college career centers at Virginia Tech and Wake Forest.
Stuart Mease

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Stephanie R.
Former HR Manager for Gannett Publishing

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Cindy Workman
HR Manager for Gannett (publisher of USAToday)
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